Dr. Kildare was produced for syndication in 1949 at WMGM, New York. It was based on the popular Dr. Kildare movies of the late 1930's and early 1940's, and brought to the microphone the stars of that series, Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. Ayres played the young, idealistic Dr. James Kildare; Barrymore, ever in character, was the crusty, loveable diagnostician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. The men worked at Blair General Hospital, "one of the great citadels of American medicine -- a clump of gray-white buildings planted deep in the heart of New York -- where life begins, where life ends, where life goes on."
Kildare really believed that oath, and that's what this series was all about. His battle with hospital administration, stupid patients, and stupid parents made this the Marcus Welby of the 1940's. The chief problem, both for Kildare and the listener, was that Blair Hospital was peopled by too many eccentrics. Gillespie, played to the limit by Barrymore, was enough for any show. But Dr. Carew, head of hospital administration, was a nut of the first order. Nurse Parker was a totally unbelievable old maid. Ted Osborne did what he could with Carew, and Virginia Gragg's fine talent was hopelessly lost in the chattering role of Parker. In the end, Ayres and Barrymore saved this series, providing some solid stories, especially when they ventured into the real world and got away from the dummies at Blair. Writing and directing were done on a freelance basis; music was by Walter Schumann. Actors contributing to Dr. Kildare included Stacy Harris, Isabel Jewell, Jay Novello, George Ellis, Paul Frees, Raymond Burr, and Jack Webb.
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August 20, 2020 Subject:
Great old time radio series!
I first fell in love with the Dr. Kildare/Gillespie film series so I knew I would love this! It may even be better! Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres had such great chemistry together! I listen to this series and enjoy it for what it is, life as depicted in the early 50's medical world and knowledge at that time. I don't judge it by modern standards.
I also love that it stays a bit from the film series leading to more diverse storylines. On radio Dr. Gillespie doesn't have to be confined to a wheelchair ( Lionel's real life disability at that time). Free of the that constraint Dr.G can go dancing and in another episode he almost gets engaged!
I love good old time radio programs! Thank you for making them all available here!
April 6, 2020 Subject:
It should be Georgia Ellis, not George. She also played Miss Kitty in Gunsmoke.
January 13, 2019 Subject:
Love the show!
Barrymore is classic. Fun show to listen to.
May 23, 2018 Subject:
Great OTR Shows are from the period they were made
The problems encountered by the writers about medicine, were about what they knew. Medicine changed every year as did the shows and intelligence of the writers. This was a great spin off from the movies a decade earlier.
March 4, 2018 Subject:
Thanks for this great series!
I enjoy listening to thee episodes of Dr Kildare thanks for downloading them!
December 28, 2015 Subject:
files are fine- stories stupid
These files are just fine, with perfect audio, so no issues with files themselves
Shows are the corny type of subjects, that attempt to deal with the "issues affecting our modern world" like drug abuse (dealt with in a theatrical and real cheesy manner) Oh these are really hard to listen to, I was so embarrassed just hearing them.
Thanks for the upload, we should try and save all programs from the past, regardless whether we like them or not